Architecture merely plans the backdrop to life and how we design could either be to the benefit or detriment of the lives that interact with it.
Tshepo was brought onto the MASS team full-time in September of 2018. However, he was originally part of the 2016 inaugural cohort of fellows at the African Design Centre, a unique training program for recent graduates of architecture and engineering. Born and raised in South Africa, he garnered his Bachelor of Architecture (HONS) from the University of Pretoria in 2015.
Prior to joining MASS, Tshepo worked with GAPP Architects and Urban Designers, a firm based in Johannesburg, South Africa that works locally and across Africa, with large scale projects currently in Nigeria and Kenya. Throughout his time at GAPP, he worked on detail drawing, joinery design, and liaising with consultants on an entry level project. He also worked with Daffonchio and Associates, a firm that focuses primarily on residential and commercial developments, where he undertook greater responsibility for project management and coordination.
Tshepo is a firm believer that design can and should have a positive impact on communities. This can be done through incorporating those communities in the design process. By harnessing their knowledge and skills, one can only create better design that is both appreciated and leaves a more profound impact. Through architecture, we can share skills and knowledge, and provide employment in the process, feeding back into local economies.